Military service, if any shown is the highest rank obtained

( All weblinks within this document are "Blue" )



( February 12, 1777 - September 22, 1777 )

New Castle County  -  Age 55  -  Physcian  -  Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


       Signature of John McKinly   
    " Signature of Gov. John McKinly "

  • Term cut short when captured and made a POW by the British Army during the Revolutionary War
  • Only Governor to be born in a foreign country
  • No known portrait exists
  • 1st Governor to be elected to office
  • 1st Governor from New Castle County
  • 1st Governor to held as a POW

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 21, 1721 - Northern Ireland

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Jane "Jenny" Richardson - in 1761 - ( 1725-1805 )
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1742
  • Lieutenant in the New Castle County Militia, 1747
  • Major in the New Castle County Militia during French & Indian War
  • Sheriff of New Castle County, 1757
  • Served multiple years as Mayor of Wilmington
  • President of the Delaware Council of Safety, 1775
  • Brigadier General of the New Castle County Militia, 1775
  • Elected in 1771 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware", serving until 1776
  • Elected to Delaware's 1st General Assembly in 1776 and served as Speaker of the House
  • Elected by the General Assembly as Delaware's 1st President ( "Governor" ) on February 12, 1777 receiving 19 of 23 votes
  • Significant events during term:
    • Colonel John Haslet killed in the Battle of Princeton, NJ in January, 1777
    • Battle of Cooch's Bridge, September 3, 1777
    • Battle of the Brandywine, September, 1777
    • The British take Delaware Seal and State Papers
  • Captured by the British Army, September 22, 1777 and placed on the "Roebuck" in the Delaware Bay as a POW
  • Transfered to the "Solebay" and then later to Flatbush, NY
  • Paroled to Wilmington, Delaware in August 1778
  • Chosen as a delegate to the U.S. Congress after the war but refused to serve
  • Returned to medical practice until his death
  • One of the founders of the Delaware Medical Society in 1789

Date & place of death:
     August 21, 1796 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 75

Place of burial:
     1st in the Presbyterian Churchyard, Wilmington, Delaware
     Re-interred in the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware in 1922

Home(s):
     Northwest corner of 3rd & French Streets, Wilmington, Delaware (No Longer Standing)

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"Click Here" to view Governor McKinly's "Find A Grave" record.




( September 22, 1777 - October 20, 1777 - "Acting" )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. John McKinly after his capture by the British Army " )

Continental Congressman from Delaware
( 1774-1776 & 1778-1782 )


New Castle County - Age 43 - Lawyer, Landowner - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. McKean   

     " Thomas McKean " 
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • Served in office only 29 days
  • 1st Speaker of the House to replace a Governor (Speaker of the Senate (Read) was not in the state at the time)
  • Also served as Governor of Pennsylvania (1799-1808)
  • Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Date & Place of Birth:
     March 19, 1734 - New London, Pa.

Parents:
     William & Letitia Finney McKean

Married (1st):
     Mary Borden - in 1763 - ( ?? - 1773 )
     Children:
          Joseph Borden McKean - ( 1764-1826 )
          Robert McKean - ( 1766-1802 )
          Elizabeth McKean - ( 1767-1811, married Andrew Pettit )
          Letitia McKean - ( 1769-1845, married George Buchanan )
          Mary McKean - ( 1771-1781 )
          Anne McKean - ( 1773-1804, married Andrew Buchanan )

Married (2nd):
     Sarah Armitage - on September 2, 1774
     Children:
          Sarah McKean - ( July 8, 1777 - 1841, married Señor Don Carlos Martinez de Yrujo )
          Thomas McKean, Jr. - ( 1779-1852 )
          Sophia Dorothea McKean - ( 1783-1819 )
          Maria Louisa McKean - ( 1785-1788 )

Facts about his life:

Date & place of death:
     June 24, 1817 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Age 83

Place of Burial:
     Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.

Home(s):
     New Castle, Delaware, exact location unknown

"Click Here" for a Biography of Governor McKean
"Click Here" for Governor McKean's "Find A Grave" record


   Gov. McKean's Stone   
" Gov. McKean's Grave Site "



( October 20, 1777 - March 31, 1778 - "Acting" )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. John McKinly from Thomas McKean after McKean's resignation " )

Continental Congressman from Delaware
( 1774 - 1777 )
United States Senator from Delaware
( March 4, 1789 - September 18, 1793 )


New Castle County - Age 44 - Lawyer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Read   

     " George Read, Sr. " 
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • Served in office 5 months, 6 days
  • 1st Speaker of the Senate to replace a Governor
  • Signer of the U.S. Constitution representing Delaware
  • Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 18, 1733 - Cecil County, Md.

Parents:
     John and Mary Howell Read

Married:
     Gertrude Ross Till - in 1763 ( She was a widow )
     Children:
          John - died an infant
          George, Jr. - ( 1765-1836 )
          John - ( 1769-1854 )
          Mary - married Delaware's 12th Governor
"Gunning Bedford"

Facts about his life:

  • Completed preparatory studies; studied law
  • Admitted to the Delaware bar and began practice in New Castle, Delaware, in 1752
  • Attorney General for lower Delaware, 1763-1774
  • Elected in 1765 to serve in the Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware
  • Elected in 1768 to again serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware", serving until 1776
  • Member of the Continental Congress from Delaware - 1774-1777
  • President of the Delaware State Constitutional Convention in 1776
  • Elected to the 1st General Assembly of Delaware in 1776 and served in the State Senate. Was named Speaker of Senate in both 1776 and 1777
  • Assumed the office of President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware on October 20, 1777 due to the resignation of "President Thomas McKean" and served until March 31, 1778 when another election was held
  • Served as in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1779-1780
  • Judge of the United States Court of Appeals in admiralty cases 1782
  • Representative at the Annapolis convention 1786
  • Delegate from Delaware to the Federal Constitutional Convention
  • Elected to the United States Senate in 1789, reelected in 1790, and served from March 4, 1789, to September 18, 1793, when he resigned, having been appointed Chief Justice of Delaware
  • Chief Justice of Delaware, 1793-1798

Date & place of death:
     September 21, 1798 - New Castle, Delaware - Age 65

Place of burial:
     Immanuel Church Cemetery, New Castle, Delaware

Home(s):
     On the Strand in New Castle, Delaware
     (No longer standing, site currently the gardens of the George Read, II home)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Governor Read
"Click Here" for Governor Read's "Find A Grave" record


   Gov. Read's Stone   
" Gov. Read's Grave Site "



( March 31, 1778 - November 6, 1781 )

Continental Congressman from Delaware
( 1774-1776 & 1782-1783 )


Kent County - Age 49 - Lawyer, Planter - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     October 7, 1728 - Dover, Delaware

Parents:
     Caesar and Mary Crawford Rodney

Married:
     Never married
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Completed preparatory studies
  • Engaged in agricultural pursuits
  • High Sheriff of Kent County 1755-1758
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Judge of all Lower Courts
  • Captain in the Kent County Militia in 1756
  • Superintendent of the printing of Delaware currency in 1759
  • Elected in 1762 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware" and served until 1769
  • Superintendent of the loan office in 1769
  • Associate Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court 1769-1777
  • Member of the Continental Congress from Delaware 1774-1776
  • Served in the Revolutionary Army as a Brigadier General
  • Elected by the General Assembly as the 4th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware on March 31, 1778 receiving 20 of 24 votes and served until November 6, 1781
  • Elected to the Continental Congress from Delaware in 1782 and 1783 but did not serve due to health (cancer)
  • There is no known portrait of Caesar Rodney ... The statue above (In the U.S. Capital) is only an artist impression of what he may have looked like.

Date & place of death:
     June 25, 1784 - Dover, Delaware - Age 56

Place of burial:
     Byfield Family Plot, Dover, Delaware (exact grave unmarked, unknown)
     A monument in his honor was placed at Christ Episcopal Church, Dover, Delaware

Home(s):
     Poplar Grove
     (No longer standing, site in the vicinity of Moore's Lake, Dover, Delaware)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Governor Rodney
"Click Here" for Governor Rodney's "Find A Grave" record.


   Gov. Rodney's Monument   
"Gov. Rodney's Monument "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


( November 13, 1781 - November 4, 1782 )

Continental Congressman from Delaware
( 1779 )


New Castle County - Age 49 - Lawyer, Landowner - Quaker

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 13, 1732 - On his father’s estate, “Crosiadoré,”
     near Trappe, Talbot County, Md.

Parents:
     Samuel & Mary Cadwalader Dickinson

Married:
     Mary Norris - in 1770 - ( ?? - 1803 )
     Children:
          Sally - never married
          Maria - married Albanus Charles Logan of Philadelphia, Pa.

Facts about his life:

  • Moved with his parents in 1740 to Dover, Delaware
  • Studied under a private teacher; studied law in Philadelphia and at the Middle Temple in London
  • Admitted to the bar in 1757 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Elected in 1759 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware" and served until 1760
  • Served in the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1762 and 1764
  • Delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765
  • Member from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress 1774-1776
  • Member from Delaware to the Continental Congress 1779
  • Brigadier General of Pennsylvania Militia
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate in 1781
  • Elected by the Delaware General Assembly as the 5th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware receiving 25 of 26 votes (his vote being the only negative vote) and served from November 13, 1781 until November 4, 1782 when he resigned to become President (Governor) of Pennsylvania
  • Returned to Philadelphia and served as President of Pennsylvania 1782-1785
  • Returned to Delaware; was a member of the Federal convention of 1787 which framed the Constitution and was one of the signers from Delaware

Date & place of death:
     February 14, 1808 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 75

Place of burial:
     Quaker Meeting House, Wilmington, Delaware

Home(s):
     Northwest corner of 8th and Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware (No longer standing)

"Click Here" for a Biography of John Dickinson
"Click Here" to view his boyhood home, a Delaware Museum
"Click Here" for Governor Dickinson's "Find A Grave" record.
"Click Here" to see a High School in Delaware named in his honor
"Click Here" to see a College in Pennsylvania named in his honor


   Gov. Dickinson's Stone   
"Gov. Dickinson's Grave Site "


( November 4, 1782 - February 1, 1783 )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. John Dickinson upon his resignation " )


Kent County - Age 52 - Farmer, Landowner - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     1730 - Smyrna, Delaware

Parents:
     John & Margaret (_____) Cook

Married:
     Elizabeth Collins - sister of "Governor Thomas Collins", she was also her husband's 1st cousin
     Children:
          Sarah - married Delaware's 21st Governor "John Clark"
          Margaret - married Israel Peterson
          Elizabeth - ( 1764-1847 ) - married Ebenezer Cloak - "Online Memorial"
          Michael
          Robert

Facts about his life:

  • Sheriff of Kent County prior to the Revolutionary War
  • Served in Delaware's 1st General Assembly in the House from 1776-1779
  • Appointed Associated Justice of the State of Delaware Court in 1777
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate - 1780-1783 - Speaker of the Senate in 1783
  • Assumed the office of President ( "Governor" ) on November 4, 1782 due to being the Speaker of the Senate after "Governor John Dickinson" resigned and served until February 1, 1783
  • Military Service: None

Date & place of death:
     October 27, 1789 - Smyrna, Delaware - Age 59

Place of burial:
     St. Peters Cemetery, Smyrna, Delaware (Unmarked grave)

Home(s):
     Route 13, across the street and west of "Belmont Hall" (No Longer Standing)

"Click Here" for Governor Cook's "Find A Grave" record.


( February 1, 1783 - October 27, 1786 )

Continental Congressman from Delaware
( 1777 - 1781 )


New Castle County - Age 44 - Lawyer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 25, 1738 - Near Delaware City, Delaware

Parents:
     Nicholas & Rachael Allee Van Dyke - (originally of Flatbush, Long Island, N.Y.)

Married (1st):
     Elizabeth Nixon - ( ?? - 1767 )
     Children:
          Rachael - mother & daughter died in 1767

Married (2nd):
     Charlotte Stanley - ( 1747 - 1807 )
     Children:
          Nancy Ann - married Kensey Johns, Sr.
          Mary - ( ??-1831 )
          Nicholas, Jr. - ( 1769-1826 ) - became a "U.S. Senator"
          Henry - Died at sea in the U.S. Navy

Facts about his life:

  • Studied law in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Admitted to the bar in 1765 and commenced practice in New Castle County, Delaware
  • Delegate to the Delaware State Constitutional Convention in July 1776
  • Elected a member of the Council of Delaware in 1777, serving as speaker in 1779
  • Appointed Judge of Admiralty February 21, 1777
  • Member of the Continental Congress for Delaware - 1777-1781
  • Elected by the General Assembly as the 7th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware by defeating past Governor "John McKinly" and receiving 18 of 30 votes. Served from February 1, 1783 to October 27, 1786
  • Military Service: None

Date & place of death:
     February 19, 1789 - Near Delaware City, Delaware - Age 49

Place of burial:
     Immanual Church Cemetery, New Castle, Delaware

Home(s):
     "Amstel House", 4th & Delaware Streets, New Castle, Delaware
     "Click Here" to visit the Amstel House Website

"Click Here" for Governor Van Dyke's "Find A Grave" record.


( October 28, 1786 - March 29, 1789 )


Kent County - Age 53 - Lawyer, Landowner - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     1732 - Near Smyrna, Delaware

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Sarah _____
     Children:
          William - Later became a Doctor
          Elizabeth - married a Denny
          Mary - ( 1765-1795 ) - married Joseph Barker - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Sarah

Facts about his life:

  • Served as Sheriff of Kent County in 1764
  • Member of the Assembly of the Lower Three Counties from 1767-1769, 1772, 1775-1776
  • Elected to Delaware's 1st General Assembly (1776-1781 - Speaker of Senate in 1778 and 1780-1781)
  • Judge of the Common Pleas Court in 1782
  • Elected unanimously by the Delaware General Assembly as the 8th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware and served from October 28, 1786 until his death on March 29, 1789
  • Military Service: Brigadier General of Kent County Militia during the Revolutionary War

Date & place of death:
     March 29, 1789 - Near Smyrna, Delaware - Age 57

Place of burial:
     Collins Family Cemetery
     Re-interred: Saint Peter's Cemetery, Smyrna, Delaware - 1970

Home(s):
     "Belmont Hall", Route 13, just south of Smyrna, Delaware
     (Now a State Conference Center)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Thomas Collins
"Click Here" for Governor Collin's "Find A Grave" record


   Gov. Collins's Home - Belmont Hall   
" Gov. Collin's Home "
( Belmont Hall )


   Gov. Collins's Grave - St. Peter's, Smyrna, De.   
" Gov. Collin's Grave Site "
( 2004 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


( March 29, 1789 - June 2, 1789 )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. Thomas Collins upon his death " )


Kent County - Age 50 - Farmer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

  • 1st individual to assume the office following the death of a Governor
  • 2nd Speaker of the House to replace a Governor (Speaker of the Senate was vacant)
  • His grave has been paved over by a road without his removal
  • There is no known portrait of John Davis

Date & Place of Birth:
     1738 - Worcester County, Maryland

Parents:
     Thomas & _____ Davis

Married (1st):
     Rhoda Laws - in Laurel, Delaware
     Children:
          Isaac - ( 1765-1866 ) - Judge, Delaware State Senator and Representative
          John - ( 1775 - ?? ) - Married Betsy Hill
          Henry - married Lallie Hill
          Sarah - ( 1769-1790 ) - married John Clark
          Rhoda - married Robert Hill
          Nancy - married a Hazzard
          Joshua - Died Young
          William - Died Young

Married (2nd):
     Sarah Douglas
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

Date & place of death:
     1801 - Near Milford, Delaware - Age 63

Place of burial:
     Savannah (Christ's) Church near Milford, Delaware
     (cemetery has been paved over)

Home(s)
     "McSparren", 3 miles west of Milford, Delaware
     (No longer standing - exact site unknown)

"Click Here" for Governor Davis' "Find A Grave" record


( June 2, 1789 - January 15, 1793 )

United States Senator from Delaware
( January 19, 1798 - August 11, 1798 )


New Castle County - Federalist - Age 44 - Physician - Methodist?

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     July 20, 1744 - Bohemia Manor - Cecil County, Md.

Parents:
     James & _____ Clayton

Married:
     Rachel Bassett - ( 1751-1821 ) - Adopted daughter of "Governor Richard Bassett"
     Children:
          Richard - ( 1774-1836 )
          James Lawson - ( 1769-1853 ) - Was a Doctor
          Thomas - ( 1777-1854 ) - Later became a "U.S. Senator & Congressman"
          Several Daughters - all died young

Facts about his life:

  • Studied medicine in Philadelphia and practiced in Middletown, Delaware
  • During the Revolutionary War served as major in the Bohemia battalion of the Maryland Line and was an aide on the staff of General George Washington at the Battle of the Brandywine as a Colonel
  • Delegate to the Provincial Congress 1782-1784
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1785, and 1787
  • Elected Delaware State treasurer in 1786
  • Elected by the Delaware General Assembly as the 9th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware and served from June 2, 1789 until January 15, 1793
  • Elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Vining, and served from January 19, 1798, until his death

Date & place of death:
     August 11, 1798 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Age 54

Place of burial:
     (1st) at his home "Locust Grove"
     Reinterred (2nd) in the Bethel Cemetery, Cheasapeake City, Md.
     Reinterred (3rd) to another spot in the Bethel Cemetery, Cheasapeake City, Md.
     due to the canal widening

Home(s):
     "Locust Grove", West of Mt. Pleasant, Delaware
     (now known as the Dickey Farm)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Joshua Clayton
"Click Here" for Governor Clayton's "Find A Grave" record.


      
" Joshua Clayton "
( Drawing of later years )


   Gov. Claytons Stone   
" Gov. Clayton's Grave Site "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


( January 15, 1793 - January 19, 1796 - 2nd Term )

United States Senator from Delaware
( January 19, 1798 - August 11, 1798 )


New Castle County - Federalist - Age 48 - Physician - Methodist?

Interesting Facts:


          

     " Joshua Clayton " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 1st individual to have the Title "Governor"
  • 1st Governor elected by popular vote
  • 7th Governor to be elected to office

Facts about his life:

  • Elected by popular vote as the 10th Governor of Delaware by defeating Thomas Montgomery & George Mitchell and served from January 15, 1793 to January 19, 1796
  • See above for more











( January 19, 1796 - September 28, 1797 )


New Castle County - Federalist - Age 53 - Merchant, Lawyer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


          

     " Gunning Bedford, Sr. " 
  • 2nd Governor to die in Office
  • 1st Attorney General of Delaware - 1778 to 1790
  • He used the title of "Sr." after his name so that others would not confuse him with his cousin, Gunning Bedford, Jr.
  • Was a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution for Delaware in 1787
  • 8th Governor to be elected to office

Date & Place of Birth:
     April 7, 1742 - New Castle County, Delaware

Parents:
     William & Catherine Jacquett Bedford

Married:
     Mary Read - in 1769 - Daughter of
"Governor George Read, Sr."
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Major in the Continental Army in 1775
  • Lieutenant Colonel in Haslet’s Regiment in 1776
  • Wounded in the battle of White Plains; subsequently appointed muster-master-general in 1776
  • Admitted to the Delaware bar in 1779
  • Served in the Delaware General Assembly from New Castle County 1784-1786
  • Elected a Member of the Continental Congress for the term 1786-1787 but declined to serve and resigned January 15, 1787
  • Member of the Delaware convention in 1787 which ratified the Federal Constitution
  • Elected as the 12th Governor of Delaware by defeating Archibald Alexander and received 67% of the vote. Served from January 19, 1796 until his death on September 28, 1797

Date & place of death:
     September 28, 1797 - New Castle, Delaware - Age 55

Place of burial:
     Immanual Church Cemetery, New Castle, Delaware

Home(s):
     #6 the Strand, New Castle, Delaware (Still standing)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Gunning Bedford, Sr.
"Click Here" for Governor Bedford's "Find A Grave" record.


( September 28, 1797 - January 15, 1799 )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. Gunning Bedford, Sr. upon his passing " )


Sussex County - Federalist - Age 43 - Miller, Landowner - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Gov. Roger's Home   
    " Gov. Roger's Home "
    ( Causey Mansion - 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )

  • 1st individual from Sussex County to serve as Governor

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 3, 1754 - Pungoteague, Va.

Parents:
     James & Patience (_____) Rogers

Married (1st):
     Esther O. Crapper - on July 20, 1778 - ( 1748-1789 ) -
          widow of Moulton Crapper
"View Her Online Memorial"

     Children:
          James - ( 1779-1868 ) - married Fidelia Stockton,
             daughter of "Gov. Thomas Stockton"

          Thomas - ( 1782-1865 )
          Betsy - ( 1784-1791 )
          Moulton - ( 1786-?? ) - law partner of "President James Buchanan"
          Daniel - ( 1789-?? )

Married (2nd):
     Nancy Russum - in 1790
     Children:
          John - ( 1790-1833 )
          Samuel - ( 1792-1794 )
          Clement - ( 1795-?? )
          Hannah - ( 1797-1857 )
          William - ( 1799-?? )
          Mary - ( 1802-1885 )
          Henry - ( 1804-?? )

Facts about his life:

  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1791
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1792-1797 and was Speaker of the Senate all 6 years
  • Assumed the office of Governor by being the Speaker of the Senate upon the death of "Governor Gunning Bedford, Sr." and served from September 28, 1797 until January 15, 1799
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1801 until his death on February 2, 1806 and was Speaker of the Senate all 6 years
  • Military Service: None

Date & place of death:
     February 2, 1806 - Milford, Delaware - Age 52

Place of burial:
     Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, Delaware

Home(s):
     "Causey Mansion", Milford, Delaware
     ( Later the home of the 39th Governor "Peter Causey" )

"Click Here" for Governor Rogers' "Find A Grave" record


( January 15, 1799 - February 20, 1801 )

United States Senator from Delaware
( March 4, 1789 - March 3, 1793 )


Kent County - Federalist - Age 53 - Lawyer, Landowner - Methodist

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     April 2, 1745 - Bohemia Ferry, Md.

Parents:
     Arnold & Judith (Thompson) Bassett

Married (1st):
     Ann Ennalls - in 1774 - ( Later divorced )
     Children:
          Richard Ennalls - ( 1775-1776 )
          Ann (Nancy) - ( 1777-1854 ) - married "Senator James A. Bayard, Sr." )
          Mary - ( ??-1807 )
          Rachel - ( Adopted )

Married (2nd):
     Betsy Garnett
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • When he was very young his father abandoned the family. His mother passed away soon after and he was adopted by by a relative named Peter Lawson. Peter owned Bohemia Manor which Richard inherited.
  • Pursued preparatory studies; studied law
  • Admitted to the Delaware bar and practiced in Delaware
  • Captain of the Dover Light House Militia during the Revolutionary War in 1777 (Served in the New Jersey campaign)
  • Member of the State Constitutional Conventions in 1776 and 1792
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate 1782
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1786
  • Delegate to the convention which framed the Constitution of the United States in 1787
  • Member of the Delaware convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1787
  • Elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1793
  • Chief Justice of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas 1793-1799
  • Elected Delaware's 14th Governor by defeating future Governor "David Hall" and Barclay Townsend, receiving 2490 of 4743 votes, and served from January 15, 1799 until February 20, 1801 when he resigned
  • Appointed United States Circuit Judge by "President John Adams" in 1801 causing him to resign as Delaware's Governor

Date & place of death:
     August 15, 1815 - on his estate, ‘Bohemia Manor,’ in Cecil County, Md. - Age 70

Place of burial:
     (1st) at Bohemia Manor
     Reinterred (2nd) in the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware

Home(s):
     1st - "Bohemia Manor", West of Mt. Pleasant, Delaware (No longer standing)
     2nd - Southeast corner of 3rd & French Streets, Wilmington, Delaware (No longer standing)
     3rd - #32 the Green, Dover, Delaware

"Click Here" for a Biography of Richard Bassett
"Click Here" for Governor Bassett's "Find A Grave" record


    Gov. Bassett's Grave   
" Gov. Bassett's Grave Site "